Rebuilding Together Philadelphia in Belmont


On Saturday, I went with a friend of mine to an event with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia. This group does a lot of great work, but their principal mission is renovating the older homes of Philadelphians, usually an entire block at a time. On this day, our build was focused in an area around North Holly Street in the Belmont neighborhood of Philadelphia. My friend Emily and I worked on a house around the block, where we helped contractor Jim up there replace a floor, cabinet, and sink in a kitchen. Upstairs they replaced a toilet and tub surround, and fixed a faulty banister. I know in other houses they did more painting, drywall, and a variety of other things. They also worked to improve the public realm; a community garden was set up, as well as a number of box planters along the street and similar boxes under the downspouts of houses, raised even more so that their elderly residents could reach them without bending over.Organizations like this do a great job of improving both the private and public realm for those that need it the most. I was glad I could contribute, hope to do so again, and hope to see you there.

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